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Deccan Aviation opens unit to service Bell helicopters

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BANGALORE, DEC. 1. Emerging as a full-fledged customer service facility (CSF) for Bell 206 and Bell 407 helicopters, Bangalore-based Deccan Aviation on Wednesday launched a new unit, Deccan Technical Services (DTS), to manage the Bell CSF and other technical and logistic services for aviation.

The Directorate-General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) and Bell Helicopter Textron have approved Deccan Aviation to carry out component overhaul of Bell helicopters at the company's Jakkur facility.

The DTS is equipped with a state-of-the-art aviation workshop with special tools and equipment and is manned by experienced and licensed engineers trained at the Bell Training Academy at Fort Worth, Texas.

"We have carried out engine CEB modifications on RR 250 series engines and are developing our engine overhaul shop to undertake full engine overhaul activity," said a company official.

Besides the Bell CSF tasks, the DTS has a Wheel and Brake workshop for maintenance and overhaul of wheels and brakes of ATR 42 series and Airbus A320 aircraft and a Battery Shop for aircraft NiCad batteries. The DTS was formally inaugurated by Max Wiley, Vice-President, Asia Pacific Sales, Bell Helicopter, Textron.

The company's managing director, Capt. G.R. Gopinath, said the workshop's facilities would be enhanced in three months with four simulators and all aspects of helicopter airframe and gearbox. Engineering school

Capt. Gopinath announced his company's plans to set up an engineering school at the facility to create trained, licensed aircraft technicians. The school would offer two years' hands-on training to about 30 students.

"In aviation, there is a tremendous paucity of trained engineers. The facilities available here could help matters. This would be one of the first to offer training integrated with an operator (Bell for instance)."

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